Names and charges released in DEA drug raid in Evansville
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with the Drug Enforcement Administration say they executed nine search warrants Wednesday morning.
We first found a heavy police presence near Covert Avenue and S. Kentucky Avenue around 6:30 p.m.
Our reporter on scene heard several loud bangs in the area.
Police were also on scene at home near Sweetser and Weinbach Avenues.
The DEA says it took down a long-term case and some of those involved were in federal court Wednesday.
Dispatch says the DEA and EPD were working together on this case.
“12 individuals were indicted and today we arrested seven of those individuals,” said DEA Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Gannon.
Those 12 individuals were arrested on conspiracy to distribute meth and cocaine charges. Some also face additional charges of firearm possession by convicted felons.
According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Indiana, 10 of those 12 people are from Evansville.
On Wednesday afternoon, their names and charges were released.
Authorities say John Byers of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the leader of a drug trafficking organization based out of Evansville that distributed large quantities of methamphetamine and cocaine around southern Indiana.
“The important message here is our job is to go out there and investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and that’s exactly what happened in this investigation,” Gannon said.
The indictment alleges that multiple members of this drug trafficking ring were already convicted felons who illegally possessed firearms.
Authorities say they have seized approximately 35 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 45 grams of cocaine.
“Obviously it involved significant amounts of methamphetamine and cocaine,” Gannon said.
Gannon says they uncovered 11 guns while executing search warrants.
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